Matthew O’Brien is an author, journalist, and teacher, best known for penning the nonfiction book Beneath the Neon.
A story from Vegas that should not stay in Vegas. This week of Verbal Shenanigans has us talking with journalist and author Matthew O’Brien who spent over ten years exploring the flood channels of Las Vegas interviewing the people live underground documented in his book Beneath the Neon Light. Matt shares his stories of what led him to explore there, the culture and etiquette in speaking with people who live in these communities, and the work done to help people get out of the environment with his program Shine a Light. His new sequel book called Dark Days, Bright Nights: Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains is out now.    We also talk about the end of our lives, white noise, and hear another great story from 5th grade Burlew.  Have a listen!
[audio mp3=“https://media.talkaboutlasvegas.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/20114013/Matt_OBrien_122120.mp3"][/audio] This week, Ira spoke with Matthew O’Brien, author of “Dark Days, Bright Nights, Surviving the Las Vegas Storm Drains,” published by Central Recovery Press. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, O’Brien talks about his decision to write a follow-up to his previous book on the tunnels and drains of Las Vegas, and the people who live there; how he has befriended some of the people who have returned to dealing with life above ground; why he decided to revisit these people and let them tell their stories; why he believes there is a connection between being homeless and being a great storyteller; and what he believes are the solutions to helping the homeless and mental health issues.
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2
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2
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1 hour, 51 minutes
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